Fallen trees from the recent ice storm in the South Willamette Valley can still be seen littering parks and yards. After the storm, it became obvious that certain kinds of trees were damaged more than others. KLCC wondered why.
Alby Thoumsin is an arborist with Eugene’s Sperry Tree Care. He says Oregon white oaks, silver maples and sweet gums were hit the hardest during the ice storm. The reason has to do with the silhouette of the trees. Vase-shaped trees sustained more damage than those shaped like cones.